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Updated 2018-09-24 12:20
Diphtheria death toll at Delhi hospital rises to 18
In a follow-up on a report last week, the Press Trust of India reports the death toll of children from diphtheria at a municipal hospital in north-west Delhi has risen to 18. “A total of 18 children have died at the civic hospital so far, 17 of the patients were from outside Delhi and only […]The post Diphtheria death toll at Delhi hospital rises to 18 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Monkeypox in Africa in 2018
Two cases of monkeypox were confirmed in the UK on the 7 and 11 September 2018, in people with recent travel history to Nigeria, as you may recall. So what is the monkeypox situation in Africa year to date? The following information from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and European Centre for Disease Prevention […]The post Monkeypox in Africa in 2018 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Ebola detected near Uganda border, Health Ministry says ‘No Ebola in Uganda’
Health officials reported one new confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a village at the shores of Lake Albert at the border to Uganda. This new confirmed case has been in contact with EVD in the city of Béni. Avoiding medical follow-up including vaccination in Béni, the person fled to Kasenye village in […]The post Ebola detected near Uganda border, Health Ministry says ‘No Ebola in Uganda’ appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Sleep apnea topics on Outbreak News This Week
Sleep apnea is a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause several problems associated with poor sleep quality. Patients with the disorder report daytime fatigue, […]The post Sleep apnea topics on Outbreak News This Week appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Cholera in Borno State, Nigeria
The Borno State Ministry of Health reported an additional 125 suspected cases of cholera on Friday, including two new fatalities in Jere and Ngala local government areas (LGA). This brings the total number of suspected cholera cases in the state to 2,283, including 40 associated deaths. Overall, Jere LGA has reported the most cumulative cases at nearly 900, followed […]The post Cholera in Borno State, Nigeria appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Lombardy region, Italy
In recent weeks, an increase in pneumonia cases were reported in the city of Brescia in Lombardy region. Other towns have also reported cases to include Carpenedolo, Montichiari, Asola and Remedello among others. According to officials with Regione Lombardia (computer translated) last week, more than 400 pneumonia cases have been reported, which 42 tested positive for the bacterium, Legionella. […]The post Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Lombardy region, Italy appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Ukraine mushroom poisoning: Health ministry warning, advice
The Ukraine Health Ministry reports that through Sep. 21 (computer translated), 174 people have been sickened and 11 have died. This has prompted warnings and advice to the public on the issue of ingesting mushrooms. The most effective advice that will completely save you from mushroom poisoning – refuse to consume wild mushrooms. Absolutely contraindicated consumption […]The post Ukraine mushroom poisoning: Health ministry warning, advice appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Romania West Nile virus situation: 25 deaths to date
The Romania Ministry of Health reported (computer translated) an additional 19 meningitis / meningo-encephalitis with West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed in the past week, bringing the total cases for the year to 215. The new cases were reported in Bucharest (5), Iasi County (3), two cases each in Bacău, Bihor and Dolj counties and one […]The post Romania West Nile virus situation: 25 deaths to date appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Infectious disease news: Top 5 posts for the week Sept. 15-21
Here are the top five posts on Outbreak News Today for the week Sept 15 through Sept 21: 5. Michigan: Severe respiratory illness cluster investigated in Upper Peninsula Making a reappearance into the top five posts in two weeks is the report on a cluster of severe respiratory infections linked to adenovirus in Michigan’s central Upper Peninsula (UP). 4. New polio cases reported […]The post Infectious disease news: Top 5 posts for the week Sept. 15-21 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Michigan reports 1st human Eastern equine encephalitis case since 2016
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Allegan County Health Department have confirmed an infection of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in an Allegan County resident. The individual was hospitalized in late August with a neurologic illness. This is the first human case reported in Michigan since 2016, when three people were infected. […]The post Michigan reports 1st human Eastern equine encephalitis case since 2016 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Illinois reports 1st Heartland virus disease case
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Friday on the first Heartland virus disease case in the state. The patient is a Kankakee resident. Likely spread by the Lone Star tick, more than 30 cases of Heartland virus disease have been reported in the Midwest and southern United States. “We’ve been seeing much warmer weather than usual for this […]The post Illinois reports 1st Heartland virus disease case appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Philadelphia reports 11 human West Nile virus cases since August
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is reporting 11 human West Nile virus (WNV) cases since August. Of the 11 cases, health officials say 10 are neuroinvasive cases. Eight neuroinvasive cases were residents >50 years of age, and the remaining two were an immunocompromised 49 year-old, and a healthy 35 year-old. All neuroinvasive cases were […]The post Philadelphia reports 11 human West Nile virus cases since August appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Plague reported in eight Madagascar districts
In an update on the plague situation in Madagascar, the Ministry of Health is now reporting plague has affected eight districts in the country–Central Highlands, Ambalavao, Ambatofinandrahana, Ambositra, Ankazobe, Fandriana, Miarinarivo and Antisirabe. In these eight districts, 16 suspect cases have been reported in one month, including four fatalities. Five of the cases have been […]The post Plague reported in eight Madagascar districts appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Sioux Falls: Legionnaires’ disease cases investigated, CDC help requested
The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been reported in people who reside or traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 cases were hospitalized and 1 died. The patients are ages 36-80 years, with a median age of 57 years. South Dakota typically sees between 8 and […]The post Sioux Falls: Legionnaires’ disease cases investigated, CDC help requested appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Honduras reports more than 5,000 mumps cases this year
The Honduras Ministry of Health reported recently (computer translated) that more than 5,000 mumps cases have been seen in the country this year to date. The most affected municipalities include Cortés, which has been hit the hardest reporting the bulk of the cases (3,788) followed by Metropolitanas de San Pedro Sula (855 cases), Yoro (416) and Francisco Morazán (69 cases). […]The post Honduras reports more than 5,000 mumps cases this year appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Massachusetts reports 4 times more human West Nile virus this year
The number of human West Nile virus (WNV) cases in Massachusetts has increased to 24 with the addition of ten additional cases reported Friday. “We’ve seen four times more West Nile virus human cases this year in the Commonwealth than last year,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “It is important that we […]The post Massachusetts reports 4 times more human West Nile virus this year appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Lyme: Rapid bacterial transmission following a tick bite shown in European study
Lyme borreliosis is a disease caused by bacteria of the genus Borrelia that are transmitted by a bite from a tick of the genus Ixodes. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur used mice to study the transmission of bacteria by ticks infected with various European and North American species of Borrelia. They found evidence of rapid bacterial transmission […]The post Lyme: Rapid bacterial transmission following a tick bite shown in European study appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Prion diseases: BU researchers define possible molecular pathway for neurodegeneration, targets for treatment
A new study has shed light on the mechanisms underlying the progression of prion diseases and identified a potential target for treatment. Prion diseases are a group of fatal neurological disorders that includes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (“mad cow disease”). They are caused by the spread of “prions”, which are altered forms of […]The post Prion diseases: BU researchers define possible molecular pathway for neurodegeneration, targets for treatment appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Dengue takes the life of Philippine Children’s Medical Center physician, others sickened
The Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City announced Thursday of the death of a Fellow due to severe dengue. In a statement by Executive Director, Julius Lecciones, MD, “We had an upsurge of acute dengue cases since May of this year with one doctor contracting dengue. “This month unfortunately, we had five doctors getting ill as […]The post Dengue takes the life of Philippine Children’s Medical Center physician, others sickened appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Chicago officials investigate Legionnaires’ disease cases
Chicago city health officials are investigating two laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in two individuals who both stayed at Embassy Suites located at 600 North State Street in Chicago. At this time, it is not known whether the Embassy Suites was the source of the bacteria that caused the two people to become sick. Potential […]The post Chicago officials investigate Legionnaires’ disease cases appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Acanthamoeba keratitis: Threefold increase in South-East England since 2011
A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study led by UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital researchers. The research team found a threefold increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2011 in South-East England. Reusable contact lens wearers with the eye infection are […]The post Acanthamoeba keratitis: Threefold increase in South-East England since 2011 appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Psittacosis outbreak reported among poultry plant workers in Georgia and Virginia
Health officials in Georgia and Virginia are investigating a multistate outbreak of psittacosis occurring at two poultry slaughter plants owned by a single corporation. Chlamydia psittaci, the type of bacteria that causes psittacosis, was detected by a laboratory test in 10 people. Additional illnesses in workers at the two plants have been identified, although have not been confirmed by […]The post Psittacosis outbreak reported among poultry plant workers in Georgia and Virginia appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Delhi: 12 diphtheria deaths reported in two weeks
Two Delhi, India government hospitals have reported a dozen diphtheria deaths in children over the past two weeks, according to a local media report. Eleven children have died in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Diseases Hospital and one child died in the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital. Most of the admitted children […]The post Delhi: 12 diphtheria deaths reported in two weeks appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Central New York: Two Human Cases of West Nile Virus reported in Onondaga County
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta stated today that the first cases of human West Nile virus infection for 2018 were reported in two adults residing in Onondaga County. After being hospitalized in local hospitals earlier this month, both were discharged in stable condition, and are recovering at home. West Nile virus is spread […]The post Central New York: Two Human Cases of West Nile Virus reported in Onondaga County appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Sepsis awareness with Dr Amy Sprague
September is Sepsis Awareness Month and according to the CDC, 1 in 3 people who die in a hospital have sepsis. 250,000 Americans die from sepsis each year. Joining me to talk about sepsis diagnostics, treatment, recovery and more is Dr. Amy Sprague. Dr Sprague is the Patient Safety Manager at the Roudebush VA Medical […]The post Sepsis awareness with Dr Amy Sprague appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Monkeypox: Smallpox vaccines delivered to UK for healthcare workers
After the confirmation on Friday 7thSeptember 2018 of the first case of human monkeypox in England, Public Health England (PHE), as part of their response, engaged Bavarian Nordic to assist in the supply of its IMVANEX® smallpox vaccine, which is approved in the European Union. The vaccine has now been used to vaccinate healthcare workers treating […]The post Monkeypox: Smallpox vaccines delivered to UK for healthcare workers appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
New test procedure accelerates the diagnosis of multi-resistant hospital pathogens: German researchers
A team of researchers at the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Medicine and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) has achieved a scientific breakthrough in the accelerated diagnosis of multi-resistant hospital pathogens. Using a novel immunochromatographic method, the researchers detected bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic group carbapenemes within 20 to 45 minutes […]The post New test procedure accelerates the diagnosis of multi-resistant hospital pathogens: German researchers appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Kentucky reports additional hepatitis A deaths
Kentucky state health officials have reported two additional hepatitis A (HAV) fatalities during the past two weeks, bringing the death toll to 14. Since the outbreak was declared last November, Kentucky has seen 1,701 cases in 72 percent of the state’s counties. Of this total, 952 cases required hospitalization. Jefferson County has reported the most […]The post Kentucky reports additional hepatitis A deaths appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Japan reports 500 rubella cases year to date
In a follow-up on the rubella situation in Japan in 2018, the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases now puts the case tally at 496 through the first week of September. Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo have seen the most cases with 122 and 146 cases, respectively. This compares to less than 100 cases reported during the same period […]The post Japan reports 500 rubella cases year to date appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
West Nile virus: Six human cases reported in Jacksonville area
Health officials in Duval and Nassau counties reported additional human West Nile virus (WNV) cases, prompting the issuance of mosquito-borne illness alerts on Monday. The Florida Department of Health in Duval County has reported a fourth confirmed human case of WNV, and the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County reported the second human WNV case. WNV […]The post West Nile virus: Six human cases reported in Jacksonville area appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Influenza virus doesn’t replicate equally in all cells: Minnesota researchers
The seasonal flu is caused by different subtypes of Influenza A virus and typically leads to the death of half a million people each year. In order to better understand this virus and how it spreads, University of Minnesota Medical School researchers took a closer look at the cells inside the lungs. What they discovered […]The post Influenza virus doesn’t replicate equally in all cells: Minnesota researchers appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
New Hampshire Legionnaires’ disease outbreak winds down: 18 cases reported to date
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Town of Hampton are winding down their investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Hampton, NH. A total of 18 individuals have been confirmed to have Legionnaire’s disease associated with Ashworth Avenue and […]The post New Hampshire Legionnaires’ disease outbreak winds down: 18 cases reported to date appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Plague resurfacing in Madagascar
The Madagascar Ministry of Health reported (computer translated) yesterday of nine suspect cases of human plague, including two deaths in four regions since August 1. The deaths include a pneumonic plague case from Ambalavao and a bubonic plague case from Ankazobe. Health Ministry official, Manitra Rakotoarivony said the nation is at the official start of plague season […]The post Plague resurfacing in Madagascar appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Iran eliminates trachoma as a public health problem
The Islamic Republic of Iran prepared a dossier on the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem which provided information on the current epidemiological situation of trachoma in the country and the systems for identifying and managing patients with Chlamydia trachomatis. Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness and one of 20 neglected […]The post Iran eliminates trachoma as a public health problem appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Cyclospora: CDC reports 2,173 domestically acquired cases since the spring
US federal health officials reported today that 2,173 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis were reported by 33 states in people who became ill during May–August without a history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset. At least 150 people were hospitalized; no deaths were reported. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says although this […]The post Cyclospora: CDC reports 2,173 domestically acquired cases since the spring appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security on the National Biodefense Strategy
Tom Inglesby, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security commented today on the National Biodefense Strategy released by the Trump Administration earlier today: “I am impressed by the scope of the effort. It’s the first national strategy that encompasses natural, deliberate, and accidental biological threats, and that addresses threats to humans, animals, and plants. It […]The post Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security on the National Biodefense Strategy appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Chikungunya outbreak in Kasala State, Sudan
The Sudan Federal Ministry of Health has reported more than 6,200 chikungunya cases in the current outbreak in Sudan’s northeastern state of Kassala, according to a Radio Danaga report last week. However, the health sector says the number of people affected is much higher than official numbers. Kassala State Governor Adam Jamaa says seven chikungunya […]The post Chikungunya outbreak in Kasala State, Sudan appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Dominican Republic: Local malaria transmission in Santo Domingo
At least 63 confirmed cases of malaria have been notified in the last four weeks in the epidemiological surveillance system, 75 percent of which correspond to the focus located in neighborhoods of Santo Domingo Oeste, according to a local media report (computer translated). As of the beginning of this month, 294 cases have been notified throughout […]The post Dominican Republic: Local malaria transmission in Santo Domingo appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
The first use of CRISPR genome-wide screening to identify a gene that helps cells resist flavivirus infection
UT Southwestern researchers today report the first use of CRISPR genome-wide screening to identify a gene that helps cells resist flavivirus infection. That nasty class of pathogens includes West Nile virus, dengue fever, Zika virus, and yellow fever. In a study published in Nature Microbiology, the team led by Dr. John Schoggins, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, […]The post The first use of CRISPR genome-wide screening to identify a gene that helps cells resist flavivirus infection appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Mumps cases reported at TCU
About a week after Texas Christian University (TCU) officials reported on a single mumps case in the community, Tarrant County, Texas health officials report additional mumps cases involving individuals at TCU. An exact number of cases has not been released as the health department says they do not release exact case numbers when the number of cases […]The post Mumps cases reported at TCU appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Measles: Minnesota reports 3rd travel-related case in six weeks
Minnesota state health officials have reported a third travel-related case of measles in the state in less than six weeks, prompting officials to urge Minnesotans to make sure they and their families are up-to-date on their measles vaccinations before they travel. Large measles outbreaks are occurring in several areas around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, […]The post Measles: Minnesota reports 3rd travel-related case in six weeks appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Zimbabwe cholera outbreak update: ‘Evolving rapidly and affecting mainly Harare City’
In a follow-up on the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, health officials are reporting a total of 3349 suspected cases (71 confirmed) including 32 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak on Sept. 1. This outbreak is evolving rapidly and affecting mainly Harare city (98% of all cases). The main affected areas in Harare are Glenview and […]The post Zimbabwe cholera outbreak update: ‘Evolving rapidly and affecting mainly Harare City’ appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Experimental nasal flu vaccine tested in children and teens
An early-stage clinical trial testing the safety and immune-stimulating ability of an experimental nasal influenza vaccine in healthy 9- to 17-year-old children and teens has begun enrolling participants at a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) site at Saint Louis University, Missouri. The VTEU is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part […]The post Experimental nasal flu vaccine tested in children and teens appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Thailand dengue: Warning issued for Bangkok
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration health officials issued a dengue fever warning because of heavy and consistent rain in the capital city of more than 8 million. Some 6,000 people have been affected this year to date, including five deaths. On Monday, Governor Aswin Khwanmuang said dengue hemorrhagic fever is spreading in Nong Chok, Huai Khwang, Bang Kapi and […]The post Thailand dengue: Warning issued for Bangkok appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Undocumented immigrants and the import of infectious diseases: A real health security risk to the US?
George Mason University economics professor, Dr Walter Williams recently published an op-ed suggesting that illegal or undocumented immigrants are a source of infectious diseases in the country. Senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Amesh Adalja, MD responded to Dr Williams thesis with a countering op-ed. So the question is, does the […]The post Undocumented immigrants and the import of infectious diseases: A real health security risk to the US? appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Ebola research: Studies show how antibodies can bind to the virus and stop infection
Two new studies by scientists at Scripps Research are bringing Ebola virus’s weaknesses into the spotlight, showing for the first time exactly how human and mouse antibodies can bind to the virus and stop infection—not only for Ebola virus, but for other closely related pathogens as well. The research suggests antibodies like these could be […]The post Ebola research: Studies show how antibodies can bind to the virus and stop infection appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Brazil imported measles update: 1,673 confirmed cases nationwide
The Brazil Ministry of Health reported last week that as of September 10, there are 1,673 confirmed measles cases nationwide. In Amazonas, there are 1,326, and in Roraima, 301. Another 7,812 remain under investigation. All are related to importation (the genotype of the virus (D8) that is circulating in the country is the same that circulates […]The post Brazil imported measles update: 1,673 confirmed cases nationwide appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
New polio cases reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan
The global number of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in 2018 has risen to 17 after new cases were reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In Pakistan, a new WPV1 case was reported in Sarki Tetara district, Charsada province. The case had onset of paralysis on 1 August. This brings the total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 […]The post New polio cases reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
Outbreak News This Week: Monkeypox, Florida mosquito-borne viruses
With the unusual, in fact, first time the viral disease monkeypox was reported not once but twice in England this past week, I thought it would be good to learn more about the disease. Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the Yale schools of Medicine and Public health and author of the book, Animal […]The post Outbreak News This Week: Monkeypox, Florida mosquito-borne viruses appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
West Nile virus in the Dakotas
North and South Dakota have been two of the most affected states by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2018 with a combined 232 human cases reported through last week. South Dakota The South Dakota Department of Health has reported 124 human WNV cases through Sept. 12, of which, 43 people required hospitalization. Two deaths have […]The post West Nile virus in the Dakotas appeared first on Outbreak News Today.
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